Catholic Proud: Clyde Edwards-Helaire

Aaron Brock, Staff Writer

Clyde Edwards-Helaire, former Catholic High running back, had a breakthrough season in 2019. He totaled 1,304 rushing yards and 16 TD’s on 199 carries. Clyde reeled in 399 receiving yards and 1 TD, which came from an exciting Alabama matchup. Prior to the Peach Bowl, Edwards-Helaire sustained a hamstring injury during practice. Clyde was listed as questionable to play before the game but eventually played a few snaps, forcing Oklahoma to account for his presence on the field.

Fortunately, the hamstring injury did not hinder Edwards-Helaire’s performance for the National Championship game. With two weeks of rest, Clyde was 100% at kick-off on Monday night. He went on to lead the Tigers in rushing with 16 touches for a total of 110 yards. Edwards-Helaire’s threat on the field opened up the passing game for Burrow who ending up throwing for 463 yards and 5 touchdowns. The importance of Clyde’s presence on the field was highlighted when LSU found themselves once again pinned back behind their own 10-yard line. In four consecutive plays for 31 yards, Clyde carried the team all the way up to their own forty-one.

Clyde was also joined on the field by LSU teammates and Catholic High stand-outs, Aaron Moffit ’17, Jared Small ’17, Preston Stafford ’18, and Brandon Hubicz ’19.

Congratulations to Clyde and the LSU Tigers on an incredible season and bringing home LSU’s first National Championship in the College Football Playoff Era.